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dc.creatorStephenson, Larry
dc.creatorLee, Tien-Tsung
dc.description.abstractPrevious research has shown that public opinion on abortion is not a simply a dichotomy of pro-life and pro-choice. Instead, there appears to be three general attitudes: absolutist (opposing abortion in all cases, including rape), situationalist (opposing abortion for all cases except “hard” cases such as rape and incest), and pro-choice. Previous studies have also shown little or no correlation between attitudes towards abortion and capital punishment. The present study hypothesizes that those who take an absolutist stance on abortion will oppose capital punishment based on the value of life while situationalists will support capital punishment based on the value of responsibility. The results show support among those who are 23 and older, but no support that are 22 and younger. Implications are discussed.
dc.publisherWashington State University. Graduate School. McNair Program.
dc.rightsIn copyright
dc.subjectpublic opinion
dc.subjectcapital punishment
dc.titleRevisiting the Relationship between Attitudes toward Abortion and Capital Punishment
dc.typeUndergraduate Journal
dc.description.citationStephenson, Larry and Tien-Tsung Lee. Revisiting the Relationship between Attitudes toward Abortion and Capital Punishment. McNair Journal. (3) Fall 2005, p 130-134.

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